Well, the first week of NaNoWriMo has ended and here’s where everything stands so far:
Week 1- Started at 64,497 – Ended at 81,093 – Wrote 16,596
That’s pretty awesome, right? I got 7 chapters written out of the 15 I had left. That’s right, I got almost halfway through my entire November goal in 1 week. I had some really great writing days, and some pretty bad writing days. The good news is that I’m still writing.
Looking forward, I have 8 chapters left of Powerful. Only 8. I’m 80% of the way through Powerful. It’s kind of crazy for me. The fact that I’m right in the middle of the climax and coming up on the resolution is surreal and kind of terrifying. The last time I hit this point in my writing, I was in 8th grade.
Usually with my writing at this point I stop writing because I’m unhappy with what’s going on. Either something in the plot or some characters bother me to the point where I can’t continue writing. But right now, I am feeling more motivated than ever before to get to the end. For the first time, I feel a desperate need to get to the finish line because it is so close.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that compared to last year, I’m booking it through my writing. By this point last year, I’d written just over 6,000 words and only two chapters. I’ve almost tripled that this year. Isn’t it crazy what time and practice can do?
When I put Rose on hold for Powerful, I worried that I was going through the motions of writing again. I spent a lot of time convincing myself that moving onto a different story was a good idea and not me doing what I always do when I get a newer story going that seems more exciting. Finally seeing that pay off is rewarding.
But I know that all my work with Rose was not a waste of time. Writing anything is never useless. I learned so much about my writing style and story plotting, and without everything I learned I never would’ve been able to make it this far in Powerful. Along that same line, without all the practice I had disciplining myself to write and actually practicing the writing, I wouldn’t have made it this far in Powerful this fast.
As with any skill, practice is essential for improvement. I cannot emphasize that enough. Last year I struggled to write two chapters in one week. This year, I wrote three chapters in one day this week. That is visible progress due to practice.
To anyone who is struggling with writing because they don’t think they are good enough, just keep writing. The things that you learn by writing are essential to keep writing successfully. The only way you can improve is by working at it over and over again. It may be hard, tedious work, but in the end, it is worth it.
Here’s to another week of NaNoWriMo! Good luck to everyone participating! Keep writing and get that word count up!